I forgot to ask the crucial question: is my price half the posted price, or is the half-off price the posted price? (I think my half-off price is half the posted price, but I'll double check at the hardward store today.)
As a resident of Palo Alto, I can buy up to 10 strings (of any sort) at half off. This is being sponsored by the utility district (Palo Alto has its own utility for gas/electric/water/sewer/recycling/garbage ... used to be cable, too, but that was knocked out by corporate powers. Our city-wide utility is quite a bit cheaper than the state-wide electricity and gas system, known as PG&E, which is reviled for its role in our blackouts, but that is another story. It is very nice to have one monthly bill for all that stuff. And the City is forever sending us ways to save energy or recycle more or what have you. Life among liberals - such Big Government interference in my Lifestyle.)
There are four styles of strings of lights:
I felt like an industrial spy, taking pictures of all the wares, and writing down all the specs and prices. But I told the guy in the store I had to show them to someone before I decided what to buy. I think he believed me since A) I didn't really look like an industrial spy and B) we chatted for quite a while about bubble lights, which he used to carry but doesn't anymore since they often arrived broken.
Vanna White's finger can be seen pressing down the button on the "Try Me!" display packages, to light up the bulbs for photography. Are we pro or what.
Don't be shy about ordering as many as you want -- if the family all together wants to buy more than 10 strings, I am sure I can use some of my neighbors's vouchers to buy the others.